USS Russell Welcomes JS Teruzuki in San Diego

The crew of USS Russell (DDG 59) hosted the crew of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Ship JS Teruzuki (DD 116), Oct. 15- Nov. 6 as the partner nation participated in exercises with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group off the coast of Southern California.

This was the first time Teruzuki had visited the United States, and the ship and crew were the only Japanese ship to participate in the exercises.

After successfully hosting a Chinese frigate in August, the crew of Russell gladly volunteered to play host for international visitors once again.

The ships engaged in mutual tours, a barbecue and a soccer game. One of the most unique aspects of the cultural exchange, however, was a wreath-laying ceremony at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The fort hosts a Veterans Day ceremony, and the commanding officer of Teruzuki, Cmdr. Takayuki Miyaji, desired to lay a wreath to show respect for all the Sailors laid to rest there.

Russell recently completed an $84 million Extended Dry Dock Selective Restricted Availability (EDSRA). The ship and crew are assigned to Destroyer Squadron 1.

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